Joel Meyerowitz: Towards Colour 1962-1978

23rd May - 24th June

A new exhibition of work by Joel Meyerowitz will open at Beetles+Huxley on 23 May, including rarely seen black and white photographs from Meyerowitz's early career. The exhibition will highlight the photographer's seminal street photography - tracing his gradual move from using both black and white and colour film to a focus on pure colour, over the course of two decades.

The subject of over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide and two-time Guggenheim Fellow, Meyerowitz is one of the most highly-regarded photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. Alongside his contemporaries, William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, Meyerowitz drove the positioning of colour photography from the margins to the mainstream.

The exhibition will feature bodies of work made by Meyerowitz between 1963 and 1978, from his very early days shooting in black and white on the streets of New York alongside Garry Winogrand and Tony Ray-Jones, to the year he published his first book, "Cape Light". This period was vital for Meyerowitz as he began to question the medium of photography itself, engaging in an aesthetic exploration of both form and composition. He moved away from what he describes as the "caught moment" toward a more non-hierarchical image in which everything in the image, including the colour, plays an equal, vital role. These intricately structured images, which Meyerowitz calls "field photographs", marked a seismic shift in the history of photography.

The exhibition will include works made in Florida and New Mexico as well as iconic street scenes captured in New York. The exhibition will also include a selection of photographs taken during Meyerowitz's travels across Europe in 1966, including images of France, Spain and Greece.

Born in 1938 in New York City, Meyerowitz studied painting and medical drawing at Ohio State University before working as an art director at an advertising agency. Having seen Robert Frank at work, Meyerowitz was inspired and left advertising in 1962 to pursue photography. By 1968, a solo exhibition of his photographs was mounted at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Meyerowitz has been the recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities awards, and has published over sixteen books.

"Joel Meyerowitz: Towards Colour 1962-1978" will be presented in association with Leica, one of the world's most famous camera makers. As a famous Leica user, Meyerowitz joined the Leica Hall of Fame in January 2017.

NEW YORK CITY, 1963 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1963

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NEW YORK CITY, 1963 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1963

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NEW YORK CITY, 1965 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1965

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NEW YORK CITY, 1963 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1963

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NEW YORK CITY, 1965 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1965

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MEXICO, 1965 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MEXICO, 1965

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CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK CITY, 1966 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK CITY, 1966

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NEW YORK CITY, 1966 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1966

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LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK, 1966 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK, 1966

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FALLEN MAN, PARIS, 1967 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FALLEN MAN, PARIS, 1967

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PARIS, 1967 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PARIS, 1967

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FLORIDA, 1967 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FLORIDA, 1967

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FLORIDA, 1967 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FLORIDA, 1967

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FLORIDA, 1967 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FLORIDA, 1967

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NEW YORK, 1968 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK, 1968

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FLORIDA, 1968 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FLORIDA, 1968

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FLORIDA, 1968 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FLORIDA, 1968

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AMMAGANSETT, NEW YORK, 1968 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

AMMAGANSETT, NEW YORK, 1968

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TEXAS, 1968 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

TEXAS, 1968

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ANAWANDA LAKE, NEW YORK, 1970 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ANAWANDA LAKE, NEW YORK, 1970

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WHITE SANDS, NEW MEXICO, 1971 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WHITE SANDS, NEW MEXICO, 1971

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FLORIDA, 1970 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FLORIDA, 1970

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GOLD CORNER, NEW YORK CITY, 1974 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

GOLD CORNER, NEW YORK CITY, 1974

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CAMEL COATS, NEW YORK CITY, 1975 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CAMEL COATS, NEW YORK CITY, 1975

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NEW YORK CITY, 1973 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1973

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NEW YORK CITY, 1975 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1975

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NEW YORK CITY, 1975 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1975

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NEW YORK CITY, 1976 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1976

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NEW YORK CITY, 1976 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1976

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, 1976 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, 1976

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FLORIDA, 1978 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FLORIDA, 1978

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NEW YORK CITY, 1978 by JOEL MEYEROWITZ (Born 1938) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1978

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